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Newsletter - Week 5, Term 2 2024

Principal's Update

Kia ora Waitetuna Whaanau, it has certainly been an eventful week. Unfortunately, the storm meant that school had to be closed on Thursday. This is a huge issue, particularly for rural communities. I hope the power cut hasn't been too problematic for everyone. If there are ways we can improve communication around this let me know. We do our best but our reception in the valley is a big issue. Ironically Wellington had beautiful weather for the Rural Principals conference I attended. Thank you for your support with our teacher-only day on Monday. All of the staff attended and we looked at aspects of the Science of Learning and continued our journey with Structured Literacy. 

The Year 7 and 8s feedback was that they had a great day at National Young Leaders Day on Wednesday. It is always an inspiring day for our Seniors. 

Make a note that for our assembly on the 14th June we have a special guest speaker who will be talking to us about her various adventures in Antarctica and the Arctic. It will be an inspiring way to finish our Book Week. You are most welcome to join us. We also have a show coming starting at 11.20am on Thursday 13th June cele-brating some great New Zealand pukapuka (books). 

It was a privilege to head down to Wellington with other Rural Principals for our annual conference. I had, along with a number of other Principals thought that Peter Jackson was going to speak with us but no, it was an-other Peter Jackson. This speaker shared with us the connections and similarities of languages of the Pacific and the amazing learning we can take from the tremendous navigators that explored the Pacific Ocean. I look forward to sharing the stories of the stars with the students.


We had the opportunity to delve into a range of topics and the Education Minister spoke via video stream sharing the budget announcements and the President and vice-President of NZEI, our union shared how we all need to work together. We are a large union and together with parent support we can make a difference and make changes. There is more of us than there are politicians! 

I hope you have a great long weekend. Ngaa mihi Amanda and staff 

All The Happenings 

  • Book Week including Book Fair and Booknic (Wed 12th June)—starting 10th June 

  • Assembly—14th June 2.00pm School Photos—17th June 

  • Science Roadshow—Tues 18th June—10am till lunchtime—Senior Room 

  • Tough Guy/Gal—Wed 19th June 

  • Ki-o-rahi tournament—Fri 21st June 

  • Matariki Public holiday—28th June Matariki—School shared kai—date TBC 

  • Wednesday July 3rd—evening performance—Whole School Production - 6.30pm 

  • Last day of term 2—5th July 

  • TOD—Term 3—Monday 19thAug 

  • TOD—Term 4– Fri 15th Nov 

PTA News

  • 10th June-14th June 

  • Book Week—can you help 

  • with the Booknic food preparation—Wed 12th June 

Waitetuna Way


Well done to Penny & Levi 

Use your imagination to develop ideas 

Be creative with your friends socially and in play 

Think outside the square to solve problems 

Book Fair Week Overview—Week 7 

MONDAY 12th June—Classes view and select wish list. Children and parents welcome on Monday after school—2.45-3.45pm 

TUESDAY - After School—Parents only—2.45-3.45pm 

WEDNESDAY —Dress up day—14th June 

Fun Family afternoon—Booknic (Indoor if wet)—12pm—book sales available 

Food for sale—Burgers/Sausage in bread/Drinks 

THURSDAY —book sales available—8.30-9.30am– Hot choc for sale– morning tea and lunch $2—BYO mug—enjoy on the deck with a book. 

Visiting performance—New Zealand Book Awards 

FRIDAY—before school purchasing—8.30-9.00am last chance and Buddy reading 

Special visitor sharing their Antarctic and Artic adventures– assembly 2pm start –parents welcome 

WEDNESDAY —Dress up day—favourite book character 

Fun Family afternoon—Booknic—12pm—book sales available 


Together we are growing the seeds of success 

Na too manaaki, na tooku manaaki, ka puawai mai nga kaakano 

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